Movement Notes: Dispatch From the James Beard Foundation Conference

2014.10.26 James Beard Food Conference

Forget about exploding airbags. America’s exploding waistlines have us on a collision course, literally, with food-induced fatalities. Our crash test dummies just gained 106 pounds overnight, after studies found that most cars’ safety features don’t properly fit larger Americans, putting them at much greater risk of dying in car crashes. Stories like this presumably lend… Read More

All the News That’s Fit to Eat: GMO Wheat, Salty Soils, and Groceries in Your Mailbox

A worker sprays pesticides on a tobacco field. Photo: Anukool Manoton | Shutterstock.

Happy Halloween! Don’t be scared–it’s this week’s news in food. 1. Oregon Anti-GMO-Labeling Brings in $2.37 Million in New Donations (The Oregonian) Opposition is mounting in Oregon to a proposed ballot measure that would require companies to label food products containing genetically modified ingredients. Measure 92 has drawn record spending from both supporters and opponents–the… Read More

‘Speed Dating’ Connects Farmers and Schools


On a recent Friday outside San Diego, California, 26 farmers and eight food distributors set up tables at a local ranch. Representatives from dozens of area school districts (plus a few folks from universities, hospitals, restaurants, grocers, senior centers, and preschools) shuffled from booth to booth, tasting growers’ products, shaking hands, and hashing out potential… Read More

How a Tiny Farm County Became Ground Zero in California’s Fracking Fight


Every morning, just after breakfast, Joe Morris heads out to check the water for his herd of 130 pasture-raised cattle. This year, thanks to California’s extreme drought, the creeks on his property have run dry.

“A herd of cattle without water is not a pretty sight,” says Morris, a rancher who has practiced holistic management of the water and soil on his family’s San Juan Bautista ranch since 1991. Read More

All the News That’s Fit to Eat: Soda’s Aging Power, Antibiotics in Fish, and Unlimited Pesticides


Here’s what we saw this week in food news.

1. Critics of Dow Herbicide Ingredient Sue U.S. EPA Over Approval (Reuters)

A coalition of U.S. farmer and environmental groups filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), claiming that the agency didn’t adequately analyze the impact of 2,4-D–an active ingredient in Agent Orange–before granting approval Dow’s Enlist Duo herbicide. Farmer Jim Goodman weighed in about 2,4-D here last week. Read More